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Warren, Michigan

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Warren is a city located in Macomb County, Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 138,247, making Warren the third most populous city in Michigan and Detroit's largest suburb. The city is home to a wide variety of businesses, including General Motors' Technical Center. The current mayor is Mark A. Steenbergh, who was elected to his third four-year term in November 2003.

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History

Warren was incorporated as a city in 1957 and consists of what was previously Warren Township, less the city of Center Line.

Geography

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Location of Warren, Michigan

Warren is a six mile by six mile (10 km) square in the southwest corner of Macomb County in suburban Detroit. The city of Center Line is enclosed within Warren. Other cities bordering on Warren are Detroit, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Fraser, Roseville, and Eastpointe.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 88.9 km² (34.3 mi²). 88.8 km² (34.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.09% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 138,247 people and 36,719 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,556.6/km² (4,031.8/mi²). There are 57,249 housing units at an average density of 644.6/km² (1,669.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.29% White, 2.67% African American, 0.36% Native American, 3.09% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 2.23% from two or more races. 1.35% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 55,551 households out of which 27.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% are married couples living together, 11.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% are non-families. 28.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $44,626, and the median income for a family is $52,444. Males have a median income of $41,454 versus $28,368 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,407. 7.4% of the population and 5.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.5% of those under the age of 18 and 5.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

There are a number of distinguishing characteristics about Warren which render it unique:

  • Warren was one of the faster growing cities in the country between 1950 and 1970. In 1950 the official population of Warren was 727; in 1960, it was 89,240; by 1970 it had grown to 179,274.
  • Since 1970, Warren has been consistently one of the fastest declining cities in population in the country. The population dropped by 10% each of the next two decades (1980: 161,060; 1990: 144,864), and continued its downward spiral by shedding another 4.6% of its population by 2000.
  • Warren is currently one of the oldest large cities in the US, in terms of age of population. 17.3% of Warren's population was 65 or older at the last census, tied for fifth with Hollywood, FL among cities with 100,000+ population, and indeed the highest ranking city outside of Florida or Hawaii. See: http://www.cus.wayne.edu/content/publications/+65_popKM.pdf
  • Warren had the distinction of being the "whitest" large city as well. In 1970, out of 179,274 total people, only 838 were not white -- rendering Warren to be 99.5% white. Integration has come slowly to Warren: the white composition had dropped to only 98.2% in 1980, 97.3% in 1990, and 91.3% in 2000. Even today, Warren remains a bastion of Polish, Italian and Scots-Irish people.

Education and Culture

Warren is served by four public school districts. Postsecondary institutions include the south campus of Macomb Community College and Davenport University. The public library system comprises of four branches, and the city recreation department supports three community and recreation centers along with a system of 24 parks. The Warren Symphony Orchestra gives several concerts per season.

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